Our bodies are about 66% water, so let's say you're a 150 lb person, drinking 24 ounces of water a day...you're going to feel very dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration are feeling thirsty, dry lips and skin, dark colored urine and the the list goes on. The way to make sure you're drinking enough water is to divide your body weight in half and drink that many ounces of water throughout the day. I want to stress the through out the day part. If you drink that much water in a couple of hours, you'll feel bloated and gross. Your body just can't process it that quickly. When you spread it through the day, its pretty easy to get your water in. Think abuout it...if you drink a 10 oz glass in the morning while you're getting ready for the day, have two 10 oz glasses before lunch, drink a 10oz glass at lunch, two more in the afternoon, a 10oz glass at dinner and one before bed, you're up to 80 ounces! Just make adjustments for your weight accordingly.
I don't know about you, but I really crave flavor in my water. My flavor cravings were especially bad when I was trying to break my addiction to soft drinks. Luckily, I use Young Living Essential Oils and I can add them to my water. Remember, when you add oils to your water, you want to drink from glass or stainless steel as YL Essential Oils break down low grade plastics. And seriously, who wants to drink plastic? Not me! The Slique (pronounced "sleek") Essence blend was created to help with weight loss and food cravings, but it was a key part of me breaking my need for sugar and the yucky chemical that lurks in most flavored drinks: High Fructose Corn Syrup. I also like to add Lemon, Orange or Tangerine to switch things up. The added benefit of those oils is that they contain Vitamin C and are helpful in fighting acidity in the body thus making it an unfriendly place for bad bacteria to live. Another favorite combo is Grapefruit and Spearmint. Its refreshing, minty and energizing.
What are your favorite oils to drink in water?
Until Next Time,